Kemp extends COVID-19 executive order until end of July

In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes questions from the media at...
In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes questions from the media at the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta.(AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage) (WTVG)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 7:02 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has extended his executive order that was set to expire Wednesday. This order will be in effect until July 31.

The order will extend the following protocols:

• Gatherings of 50 people are now allowed if people are at least six feet apart.

• There is no longer a maximum of people who can dine together in restaurants as one party. Workers in restaurants now only need to wear face coverings when interacting with customers.

• Bars can now hold up to 50 people or 35 percent of their capacity, whichever is greater.

• Salad bars and buffets can resume with cafeteria-style service where a restaurant worker serves customers.

• Overnight summer camps can resume only if campers and workers have tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 12 days.

• Conventions can resume if they meet 21 specific requirements.

• Live performance venues may reopen on July 1 if they comply with extensive state criteria and a long list of restrictions on the venue.

• There is no longer a limit on the number of people who can sit together in one party at a movie theater.

• Walk-ins are now allowed at barber shops, hair salons, massage therapy centers and body art studios.

• Professional sports teams can meet but must follow rules set up by their respective league. High Schools and collegiate teams must meet any guidelines set by their athletic conferences. Amateur sports teams and organizations must follow any criteria set by the state for non-critical businesses.

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